The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Mr. Praful Patel Chaired the Executive Committee Meeting at Football House, the AIFF Headquarters in the Capital on November 20, 2012. Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Mr. Subrata Dutta, Vice-President Mr. Ankur Dutta and Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja, other members also attended the meeting. The Committee unanimously decided on the following points:
*It was decided that a Retired Judge of the Delhi High Court will be appointed as the Returning Officer for the AIFF elections which would be also held on December 20, 2012.
*The Committee agreed to request the Indian Olympic Association, FIFA and AFC to send Observers for the forthcoming AIFF elections.
*It was decided the Santosh Trophy 2013 will be held in two venues in Uttar Pradesh and Kerala in February/March 2013, the dates for which will be announced shortly.
*Furthermore, the Kerala Football Association was granted permission to host the proposed Kerala Premier League as long it is organised keeping in mind the AIFF guidelines for State Leagues.
*The Committee ratified the approval of the Finance Committee relating to the Financial Statements and the Auditors Report for the year ended March 31, 2012.
*The Committee also permitted affiliation to SAI Teams to participate in the Junior and sub-junior National Championships to be organised by AIFF.
*On matters related to the National Team, the Committee endorsed the National Team’s view to play as many International Friendly matches as possible in 2013 to improve India’s FIFA Rankings.
The meeting ended with a presentation done by Head of Referees, AIFF, Col. Gautam Kar on Referee’s Development. Mr. Patel thanked NVD Solar for their effort in sponsoring the Referee’s Development Project for the next three years.
The Committee also congratulated I-League CEO, Mr. Sunando Dhar for being selected be a FIFA Futuro III Instructor.